Road Trip

10 fantastic family outings in Northern Portugal

The North of Portugal is rich in places that please everyone and their country, allying their lazer with knowledge and culture and raising family memories. They can be typical villages, pedagogical farms, small farms or zoological gardens. There is a little bit of everything in this region to entertain the children.

These tours help everyone to discover interesting new places, as well as some of the oldest traditions of Northern Portugal, which should also be preserved.

Likewise, if you are looking for some suggestions of places to visit with your family in the North of Portugal, this list is for you. It is enough to choose the destination that best suits your children and leave to discover it.

1. Moinhos de Jancido

Jancido Coins

These months were completely abandoned in 2017, when a group of friends decided to clean the place. Today, the area has a trail with a little less than 6 km, a picnic park, various gazebos and a group of 500 native trees, planted by these same friends. The local is in the parish of Foz do Sousa, in Gondomar.

2. Vinhais Biological Park

places to visit in Montesinho Natural Park
Vinhais Biological Park

The local was installed by the Câmara Municipal de Vinhais in the Viveiro Florestal de Prada, 3 km from the center of Vinhais. Its purpose is to promote the region and make the interpretation of the landscape known in all its aspects, as well as to disseminate the cultural and historical aspects. Other two of its objectives are the conservation of nature and the promotion of biodiversity and ecotourism.

3. Windmills of Cabroelo

cabroelo
cabroelo

The village of Cabroelo is integrated into the Serra da Boneca, in the valley of the Entre Águas river (also known as the Mau river). Try to walk quietly through the streets of the village, as well as visiting the chapel of São Mateus or the Alves house, dating from 1805. A 10-minute drive away, you will find the Museu da Broa and the various recovered stone coins.

4. Fifth Pedagogical of Braga

Fifth Pedagogical of Braga
Fifth Pedagogical of Braga

The local finds a traditional minhota country house, and here you can learn more about the traditions of the region, in addition to participating in activities such as grape harvesting, desfolhada or magusto, depending on the time of year. You can also learn to make a delicious broa de milho or feed the animals.

5. Trebillhadouro

trebilhadouro
trebilhadouro

This small village is located in the parish of Rôge, in Vale de Cambra, and has been uninhabited for decades. At the end of the last century, it was fully recovered for rural tourism, maintaining its original layout. The streets and houses are made of granite and the structure of the village still reminds us of the community habits of the past.

6. Quintandone

Quintandona
Quintandona

This is a preserved typical village, with lousa houses, which is located very close to Porto. The place is small, but it has a singular beauty and has been recovered in recent years, or it has attracted more and more inhabitants. The day-to-day of the population of Quintandona It is still marked by routines linked to agriculture, despite its proximity to large urban centers.

7. Quinta de Pentieiros

Quinta Pedagógica de Pentieiros (Ponte de Lima)
Quinta Pedagógica de Pentieiros (Ponte de Lima)

The objective of the local is to include respect for the rural world and, therefore, it has a great diversity of animals, in addition to an educational garden, nurseries, orchards, stoves and a field of aromatic and medicinal herbs. If you want, you can go to the night in the camping and caravanning park. A fifth found very close days Lagoas de Bertiandos.

8. Quinta da Aveleda

Quinta da Aveleda
Quinta da Aveleda

It is located in the municipality of Penafiel, less than 1 hour from Porto, and it is a local daqueles that seems quase straight out of a fairy tale or a film. This farm is owned by the Guedes family, and is located in the heart of the Região dos Vinhos Verdes, being linked to wine production and associated with many renowned products.

9. River of Onor

river of honor
river of honor

This mythical village, half from Portuguese, half from Spanish, is located in the heart of the Montesinho Natural Park. It is one of the few Portuguese villages where community habits are still practiced today, other times our populations are very frequent. river of honor He had his own dialect, the fruit of his isolation and close contact with the Spanish vizinhos.

10. Santo Inácio Zoo

Santo Inácio Zoo
Santo Inácio Zoo

This place has more than 200 species of animals and has a strong concern in protecting jungle life. In this park, you will be able to observe the animals in their habitats, which are wide and recreate the original characteristics of each species to the maximum. Likewise, you will be able to see up close an Asian lion, a European lynx or an African rhinoceros, among many other animals.

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